adult · enemies to lovers · LGBTQ+ rep · romance

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Rating: 4 out of 5.

First and foremost, I’d like to say this:

This book is most certainly not a beach read.

This novel is a “I-will-tear-your-heart-out-with-my-subtle-darkness-and-charming-humour” kind of read. It is intriguing and mellow, definitely not the light read I was expecting, but rather gloomy in some parts and poignant in others, nonetheless, it definitely harboured my attention.

I couldn’t stop reading. I was fully immersed in January’s story and her journey through life. The banter in this book reminded me much of To Have and to Hoax as this too was charming and witty, but Beach Read had the tendency of treading through darker themes and more thoroughly explored the possibility of “love” and what this concept meant to the characters individually.

I found myself highly amused by the banter between the characters, they felt very real and fleshed out, and I loved seeing how they changed throughout the story. And even when faced with many challenges, they still found the time to make the others’ life insufferable, truly romantic.

In conclusion, the cover and blurb may suggest a light, beach read, but this is far from that. It is a moving tale about a woman’s journey navigating what she once assumed was her “perfect” life. It’s raw, amusing, and shall bury you in a rollercoaster ride of emotions and musings, it is enjoyable and worth a read.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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contemporary · fiction · suspense

The Harpy by Megan Hunter

The Harpy by Megan Hunter

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

❝ Sometimes I question whether anyone can know what it’s like before it happens. Marriage and motherhood are like death in this way, and others too: no one comes back unchanged. ❞

I don’t know how I feel about this book. It’s dark and gritty, fused with themes of infidelity and abuse strewn in. The writing style was very poetic, and I thought the author’s writing was beautiful, but some of the descriptions felt a bit unnecessary. The Harpy follows the life of Lucy as she learns of her husband’s infidelity. She’s tossed into a never-ending cycle of pain and obsession, and begins to deteriorate. This book definitely drove me into a bad mood, left me with a sour taste in my mouth and I couldn’t help sympathizing with Lucy for everything she went through.

It was a short read, and the last few pages really left me wishing for more. I thought that the ending would leave me surprised or lead into something much more grand, maybe even feeding off into the glint of horror that had started to appear throughout the book, but it was none of that. It left me conflicted and confused more than anything, and for me, it was unsatisfying. I wish that some questions would be answered and we’d know more about Lucy’s unique situation towards the end, but I think this book is meant to serve more as a portrait of identification and finding oneself than resolving one’s problem, though I can’t hide my discontent nor curiosity towards the matter.

I’m kind of stuck on how to rate this, on one hand, this book was very poetic and beautiful in a twisted kind of way, but also left me bitter and wanting more. I definitely reccomend checking this out for yourself, but be warned that it deals with dark topics & situations and will definitely leave you in a sour sort of mood.

Review copy provided by the publisher and netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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